Breaking down the Teen Titans Halloween Cover

I recently got the opportunity to pencil, ink and color a variant Halloween Cover for DC Comic’s Teen Titans comic.  Last year I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to do the Halloween Wonder Woman cove.  Hopefully this will become an annual tradition that I get to keep being a part of.

So let’s discuss how it came together.  DC art director Mark Chiarello asked me if I wanted to do the Teen Titans’ cover and I said…..YES!  I then drew only two cover sketches because I really only had two ideas.  I thought they were both really good and I would have been happy to do either so why do a third and gum up the works?


Originally I was leaning heavy toward the first one in the graveyard because I really wanted to use Cain from the House of Mystery (my desire to do a Wrightson homage was calling).

So you can imagine my disappointment when Chiarello said he really liked the pumpkin one because, “I don’t have anything like this.”  I had to admit the team crawling out of a Jack-O-Lantern was pretty fun but what to do about Cain?  When Mark said he was cool with me adding the House of Mystery host, we were off to the races.  I did a quick adjustment to the pumpkin sketch and I was ready to roll.


When I actually started drawing the piece, I realized that Cain sitting was not going to work and also that Power Girl was not going to fit up top because of the logo.  I made a few changes that I think balanced the composition nicely so now Cain didn’t look like an add on.  Having Beast Boy directly interacting with him really helped as well.


I finished penciling and then went right to inks.  I used a combination of crow quill pen and brush. (a little more white out than I would’ve liked as well).


I then scanned the image at 1500dpi as line art, converted it to grayscale then changed it to CMYK and colored it in photoshop.


And there you have it.  Another finished product ready to go to the printer.

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